This track originally appeared on Wang Chung’s “Points on the Curve” album, but was also featured on their soundtrack to the film “To Live and Die in L.A.” It’s the song that made the film’s director, William Friedkin, insist on hiring the band to score the film. (Which, I believe, is still one of the best stand-alone film scores ever.) This mix comes from the American double-A sided (w/”Don’t Be My Enemy”) 12” single.
NOTE: I couldn’t attach the cover art this time because it made the file size too big to post.
GIORGIO MORODER featuring PAUL ENGEMANN - REACH OUT (EXTENDED DANCE MIX)
Noted as the “Track Theme from The Official Music of the XXIIIrd Olympiad - Los Angeles 1984.”
Here’s a piece of Giorgio Moroder disco goodness. The vocals are by Paul Engemann, who was also lead singer for the one-hit-wonder (“Hanging on a Heart Attack”) 80’s band Device. This is the extended remix of the song that appears on the “soundtrack” to the 1984 Olympic Games. Also appearing on that soundtrack were Christopher Cross (swimming theme), Toto (boxing theme), Foreigner (marathon theme) & Loverboy (team sports theme), among others. Movie soundtracks were all the rage in the 80’s, so I’m not surprised an album like this exists. I can’t imagine them making an album for the Olympics nowadays. (Or maybe they still do and I’m not aware of it…) Paul Engemann worked with Giorgio Moroder on a few other singles, including the theme song to the film “Scarface.”
This is the song that introduced me to the band Scritti Politti. I went bananas for it when I first heard it back in the day. It comes from their album “Cupid & Psyche 85,” which is on my list of perfect albums. The CD release of the album came with bonus remixes, but not of this song, which is strange because I think it was the most successful single from the album. This is one of two remixes of the track that came on the American 12” single. They’re both good, but I posted this one because it has more vocals.
"Cupid & Psyche 85" [the 85 in the title has always bothered me] is notable for making extensive use of the Fairlight CMI, the first computer sampling keyboard. I’m a huge fan of this instrument and I recently discovered that a version of the Fairlight CMI was made available as an iPhone/iPad app by the original company! $10 Basic Version/$50 Pro Version…a bargain compared to the $30,000 or so original price of the machine. My iPhone is already two generations old, so I’m not gonna bother with it now, but once I get a new phone I’ve got to try it. What a dream come true, to work with that machine. It’s the first thing that REALLY makes me want to get an iPad. The Art of Noise would never had existed without this machine.
Back to Scritti…I finally saw them (or, should I say, him?) live a few years back on their last US tour. It was probably the most disappointing concert I’ve ever been to. They only played ONE song from “Cupid & Psyche 85” and it was the very last song of the night! (At least is was “Perfect Way.”) But, I mean, come on! What a way to insult your fan base.